In acknowledgement and celebration of Black History Month, PRS and PRS Global Open are highlighting valuable contributions by our Black colleagues. These scholastic pursuits span the breadth of our discipline from basic science to clinical research and from hand surgery to aesthetic surgery (with everything in between). As we have, and continue to endure, a racial reawakening in this country, health care disparities along racial and ethnic lines are again on the forefronts of our minds.
We stand with, and in full support of, our Black colleagues, in hopes of creating a plastic surgery workforce more reflective of the diverse patient population which we are honored to treat. Improving equity in provision of care, research pursuits, and the education of the next generation of plastic and reconstructive surgeons is dependent on it. We are pleased that the below articles have been set free through March 15th, so all can read and share.
And for those of you who are interested in more articles, please read our special, open access Black History Month article collection in PRS Global Open!
Paris D. Butler, MD, MPH, FACS- Chair, Diversity Committee of American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS)
Steven H. Williams, MD- Section Editor - Technology, PRS Global Open
Rod J. Rohrich, MD- Editor-in-Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery